9 November 2023
In recent days, Cork City Council appointed contractors Ward & Burke Ltd to complete the project with funding support provided by the National Transport Authority. When complete, the project will deliver a six-meter-wide pedestrian & cycle corridor with adjoining plazas, riverside balconies, new seating areas, environmentally sensitive public & feature lighting and many other features.
The project includes:
• Provision of new pedestrian and cycle access points from the Marina Promenade to the adjacent Marina Park including Atlantic Pond and the Cork City to Passage West Greenway.
• Protection and retention of the iconic formal tree planting along the route.
• Protection and enhancement of the natural heritage, green space and biodiversity of the area including the provision of swales and related planting.
• Provision of a new access road serving the rowing clubs, Pairc Ui Chaoimh/Atlantic Pond
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Kieran McCarthy said: “The pedestrianisation of the Marina during Covid brought home to young and old what a haven for activity and leisure this historic amenity is. The integration of the Promenade with Marina Park and the City Centre-Passage West Greenway will be of further benefit to the communities of Blackrock, the Docklands and wider city.”
Chief Executive of Cork City Council, Ann Doherty said the Marina Promenade Project is “yet another example of the City’s commitment to providing high quality amenity space for residents and visitors”.
“The planned upgrade solidifies Cork City Council’s vision for Cork Docklands as a sustainable, inclusive and community-driven location. The project forms part of an overall coordinated plan for the development of the area with funding secured from Government under the Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF),” she added.
It is estimated that works will take a year to complete. The works will be undertaken in phases with diversion routes provided for walkers and cyclists to enable users to enjoy the area while improvement works are ongoing. Cork City Council will provide regular progress updates to the public throughout the construction process. Cork City Council would like to thank the public for their patience while work is ongoing. We are confident that the works will make this highly valued amenity more attractive, safer and accessible to all.